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Saudi Arabia: Hyderabadi sentenced to one year jail and 300 lashes

“Since there was no CCTV facility in the area and no eye-witnesses, there’s no way my son can prove his innocence”

HYDERABAD: Hoor Unisa who is desperate to meet her innocent son, has sent an SOS to Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Mohammed Mansoor Hussain from Malakpet is stuck in Wadi Al Dawaser jail in Saudi Arabia after being sentenced to one-year jail and 300 lashes.

He has been accused of a robbery which he has claimed he did not commit.

Hussain has an MBA degree and has been working in Riyadh since March 2013.

The 32-year-old, serving as a marketing auditor for Abdel Hadi Abdallah Al Qahtani and sons Limited, had gone to a bank to deposit 1,06,000 Saudi Riyal on August 25, 2016.

“When he reached the bank, two men accosted him. One pointed a weapon at him and demanded that he part with the cash bag. They took it and left in a car which had no registration number,” said his mother Hoor Unisa.

Hussain has claimed that his boss advised him to lodge a complaint with the local police. But when he went there they took him into custody, accusing him of the crime instead. All these details are described in a letter that Hoor Unisa wrote to Sushma Swaraj on December 31, 2016.

“My son protested his innocence. He described how the incident took place, but the police did not believe him. He has deposited even bigger amounts in past” said Hoor Unisa.

A few days ago Hoor Unisa spoke to her son in jail. “He was asked to sign the judgment copy. But he refused. He said he won’t sign as he has not done anything. He is being threatened in jail,” Hoor Unisa said.

“After completing his MBA, Hussain had worked in a local private company in Hyderabad for eight months before getting a job visa in Saudi Arabia. All his papers are in order,” his mother said.

“Since there was no CCTV facility in the area and no eye-witnesses, there’s no way my son can prove his innocence,” she said.

 

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